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Nissan Altima, Lights, Brakes, Sedan
#64 of 135 Re: Horrible Squeaking Brakes [thatlady]
Aug 31, 2009 (7:05 am)
i think the best u can do is to go with after market brakes cuz the dealer brake wont help u if u go to the dealer the only thing they can do is clean your brakes that will help u for couples day only i trade my 2007 nissan altima S b/c the brake noise WONT STOP i have 09 altima SL MODEL NOW 3 MONTH NO NOISE SO FAR
#65 of 135 Re: Horrible Squeaking Brakes [thatlady]
Aug 31, 2009 (6:46 pm)
this is unbelievable that even the 09 models are still having brake/rotor issues; based on what I've heard on hear and from what I've read on other websites I know the 07 and 08 models had major problems in this area but you would think by the third model year nissan would have addressed these issues
while I don't have a altima, but I was thinking of getting a 09, I had similar problems with my 2005 FX35; almost every 10k miles the brakes were so bad that the pads were completely gone and would warp the rotors causing terrible grinding and shimmering in the steering wheel whenever I applied the brake; suffice it to say the sounds and vibrations were so bad I knew just based on the steering wheel shimmering when I needed to bring the vehicle in and have the rotors resurfaced and the brake pads replaced
and this started within the first 10k miles of the vehicle which is totally unacceptable; luckily for me, infiniti covered it all under warranty or it would have been over $300 dollars every time I had to take it in and have the work done- one time when I was at the infiniti dealer having the rotors resurfaced a guy with a G35 was there and his rotors were so warped that he had to have them completely replaced- in about the 3 and a half years I leased the vehicle I had the rotors resurfaced and brake pads replaced about 5 times- suffice it to say this was the main reason why I didn't buy the FX at the end of the lease because I didn't want to put out of pocket 300-400 dollars every year for resurfaced rotors and new brake pads
these brake and severely warped rotors are a major problem with the majority of nissan and infiniti vehicles- I was told by a mechanic at goodyear one time that unless you get after market brakes and cross-drilled rotors put on the vehicle you'll continue to have pre-mature warping and terribly worn brake pads
nissan and infiniti better get their act together on this problem becasue too many car companies including nissan and others are becoming to complacent and act like these worn pads and warped rotors under 10k and 15k miles are normal wear and tear on the car but they are not and once the 3yr nissan or 4yr infiniti warranty expires you'll be paying out of pocket to have the problems readdressed since they put on the new brakes/rotors that are no different from the originals and then just wear out again
#66 of 135 Re: Horrible Squeaking Brakes [smarty666]
Sep 10, 2009 (7:06 pm)
Nissan doesn't seem to think they have a problem. When I told them about this thread, they said they don't read "blogs". Any Company that is that out of touch deserves to lose customers. They have a great car with the Altima and obviously they are willing to let it go by the wayside. Don't they understand that savvy customer will go to this website BEFORE buying to a new car because this is where you REALLY find out what's going on with a vehicle? Not by reading Motor Trend. Nissan wants me to take a car that is STILL in warranty and PAY the Nissan dealership to do a diagnosis. They want me to pay for a rental if the car has to be kept overnight. I have owned about 30 cars. This was my first Nissan. I now know how they feel......It will be my last.
#67 of 135 Re: Horrible Squeaking Brakes [thatlady]
Sep 12, 2009 (12:32 am)
Yes....I hear the thumping noise....and it sounds like it comes from more than one place. I also have my car at the dealership right now with 34000 miles on it (2009)..commuter...but not in traffic. 95% of that mileage is on the freeway, not using the brakes. I have noise...squeeking that I have had for awhile now. When you really lay on the brakes, it sounds like the car is "groaning". When I took it in today, they brought up the TSB's, and the tech used the term "groaning". Obviously something is wrong, as there is no way I should have brake probs yet. I had an '03 & '06. Altima. '03 had 99000 miles...i brake job around 75000. '06...75000...no brake job. not even a noise.
The problem with these brakes is the CVT transmission. IMO, the transmission does nothing to help slow the car down, and therefore the brakes are doing all of the work. That is what I think is causing the problem. I am glad I found this forum...if they try and hose me tomorrow, I will mention this, and then call Nissan and demand they do something.
#68 of 135 Re: Squeeky Brakes [smarty666]
Dec 17, 2009 (3:51 pm)
I just had my 09 in today...new brake pads and rotor work...appears problem is not fixed although I got all kinds of BS as to why I should not be "concerned". Seriously?
#69 of 135 Re: Horrible Squeaking Brakes [thatlady]
Dec 17, 2009 (5:46 pm)
I was wondering if you have ever been told what that "thumping" noise was in the Altima. I have the same noise....only mine did not start until after I had about 20 - 25K miles on it.
it almost sounds like metal moving from heat expansion. It's not always in the same place either.
#70 of 135 Re: Squeeky Brakes [maddypsu]
Dec 18, 2009 (3:44 pm)
that is simply and absolutely outrageous that you had to have brake and rotor work done on a 2009 altima; how many miles do you have on her?
anyway, that kind of BS is getting typical with dealerships and is really poor customer service when you think about it; everything that goes wrong with the car is "oh, there really isn't anything wrong or oh, I wouldn't be concerned" - you think what you had wrong was bad, my 08 TL had a power steering fluid leak and the dealership kept refilling the fluid and sent me on my way and the second time I was in after I lost fluid again the service advisor said the same BS you got, " don't be too concerned because we didn't find a leak!"
can you believe that BS from him, I'm losing power steering fluid and they can't tell me why and just kept sending me on my way; suffice it to say that after getting Acura HQ involved the leak was finally found and the proper parts replaced and no problems so far but the dealerships whole attitude was piss poor to say the least
Back to Nissan though, I have a 2010 Maxima right now on a 3 year lease and I'm going to be using it as a test guide for Nissan in regards to seeing if they have gotten their brake and rotor issues solved because if not this will be it with me with Nissan and Infiniti because I had just come off a 2005 FX35 lease before this max and had terrible brake and rotor problems the entire time I had it, every 10k miles the brakes and rotors had to be done and it was the main reason why I didn't keep it when the lease was over
You would have thought by now that Nissan and Infiniti would have gotten these brake and rotor issues corrected by now since during the early and middle part of this decade they had terrible brake and rotor problems
If you don't believe me just check consumer reports reliability history for the Nissan's and Infiniti's and you'll see all the worse than avg and much worse than avg for brakes/rotors for the 2000-2007 model years!
#71 of 135 Re: Squeeky Brakes [smarty666]
Dec 21, 2009 (8:52 am)
I have a 2008 Nissan Altima that has been at the dealership 5 times and they "SAY" they can't find anything. They changed my brake pads twice, my calibers, rotated my rotors and there is still a HORRIBLE noise when i brake. It sounds like the brakes on the end of a roller coaster. I was told by another mechanic that this is a recall Nissan is avoiding since it will cost them millions of dollars!! It is sad how money is always the important case here other than peoples safety.
All i have to say i CAN'T wait for my lease to be over and this is the first time and last time i EVER get a nissan.
#72 of 135 Re: Squeeky Brakes [eyzbleu]
Dec 21, 2009 (9:12 am)
My situation is pretty much the same as yours except sadly enough I own my Nissan-wish I didnt purchase it! Within the first year I had my brakes changed twice. I kept complaining about the noise and they would write me off and say its brake dust. When I showed them these posts, they said they dont pay attention to blogs. The nerve! Nissan has the worst customer service and I would like to make an official complaint and mail these posts to them-hopefully that will get me somewhere. If I hear anything I will be sure to inform you all!
#73 of 135 Re: Squeeky Brakes [bluealtima08]
Dec 21, 2009 (9:40 am)
Well, I rather listen the squeeky brakes than replace the brakes. My friend needs to replace the pad on his '08 Accord w/ only ~16k miles and Honda didn't even cover it under warranty.